Profile Design, Round Reel Muscle, the Shimano Curado 300DSV
on a rod the Curado 300DSV felt even more like the 200 sizes, and was still
surprisingly easy to palm. It certainly didn’t feel like a saltwater reel… that
was until the very first minute I started cranking away on the reel. The gearing
immediately felt dissimilar. The 200 size reels already made use of Shimano’s
HEG (High Efficiency Gearing), but the 300 felt instantly more powerful. In fact
the gearing on the Curado 300DSV is designed to deliver increased torque.
A close look at the Curado 300DSV
in the lab just before breakdown
As I proceeded to mash away
at the test reel Jeremy told us that he had just come back from a field test in
Argentina with pro staffer Larry Dahlberg. He then pulled out a huge wooden
marlin chugger which looked like it had been run over with a truck.
Like the other new Curado reels this one is
made in Japan
field tested the Curado 300DSV prototype by targeting Golden Dorado…and they had
caught hundreds of them. For this particular application they needed a fast reel
to retrieve the large plugs to incite strikes, but the minute the Golden Dorado
were hooked up they needed a reel with enough muscle to bring them in. No other
reel in the Shimano lineup (or the competitor lineup) had the right balance of
attributes for this application.
Removing the handle takes seconds
Real World Test:
When we finally got our hands on the Curado 300DSV we were more than ready to
get out into the field and see what the big-daddy of Curados could really do.
Unfortunately we didn’t have any Golden Durado around, but what we did have were
plenty of stripers and rockfish to match the Curado 300DSV up against. We paired
the Curado 300DSV with a couple of rods including Loomis Pro Blue sticks and a
Shimano Trevala jigging rod.
A look at the master gearing
When we spooled up the
reel for the first time we couldn’t believe just how much braid we could get on
the reel. For a low profile reel the Curado 300DSV boasts an absolutely
exceptional capacity. In fact it can hold as much line (14/190) as a Calcutta TE
300 round reel! How does it do it? With use of Magnumlite spool design. While
the other Curado reels make use of Magnumlite thin walled spools for casting
advantages, the Curado 300DSV’s spool makes use of the material to not only make
longer casts but provide more capacity with an ultra deep design.
Drop the plate and half of the Dartanium drag
system is exposed
As we head out to the
field we decided to not only test the Curado 300DSV as we would any normal
baitcaster, but also make some direct comparisons with round reels to see if the
Curado 300DSV positioning really made sense. For our evaluation we compared the
Curado 300DSV with the popular Calcutta 300TE (which has the same capacity,
similar drag performance, but retails for 90 dollars more).
A look at the other side of the gear reveals
another drag surface
Next Section: Casting the Curado